Franklinton Gardens Intern Program

 

Interested in urban agriculture and food systems work? Want to explore the connections between agriculture, environment, and justice? Looking to build community with others? An internship with Franklinton Gardens will provide you with the chance to learn, develop skills, and help create solutions to a variety of pressing food and social issues in one of Columbus’s most underserved neighborhoods.

Since 2007, Franklinton Gardens has grown from a small community garden to a 2.5-acre urban farm that grows and shares food, creates beauty, and builds community with neighbors. In order to continue this important work, we need creative, passionate, dedicated interns who can demonstrate the following:

  • Interest in sustainable agriculture and community building*
  • Commitment to justice and equitable community for all people
  • Punctuality, responsibility, reliability, and professionalism
  • Willingness to learn and develop new skills
  • Ability to critically evaluate systems and provide practical solutions
  • Capacity to execute tasks independently and as part of a team

In addition, the rigors of farm work require that interns can do the following:

  • Work in difficult weather conditions (i.e.—extreme temperatures and rain)
  • Complete physical tasks over extended periods of time (i.e.—stand, bend, squat, and lift up to 50 pounds)
  • Interact with neighbors, volunteers, and customers in a respectful manner
  • Wear modest, comfortable, and seasonally-appropriate clothing and closed-toed shoes

 

*While we care about your interests and commitments, we also value prior experience and equivalent education. As a result, preference will be given to applicants with a background in agriculture, horticulture, landscaping, ecology, sustainability, environmental sciences, food systems, public health, and nutrition. Individuals with experience or education in other select fields—education, social work, community development, community organizing, design, marketing, nonprofit management, business administration, finance, accounting, and fundraising—are highly encouraged to apply as well as there are a variety of opportunities to contribute beyond the farm’s food production efforts

 

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Part-time and full-time internships are available for spring, summer, and fall. While we can be somewhat flexible, we strongly encourage starting the first week of each month listed for ease of onboarding.

Spring: March through April
Summer: May through August
Fall: September through November

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Farm Operations Internship:

The Farm Operations Intern will work as part of a team to help the Farm Manager cultivate and maintain the farm’s network of 13 food production sites. By the end of the internship, the intern will gain experience with:

  • Seed starting, direct seeding, and transplanting
  • Weed management, cover cropping, and other crop maintenance methods
  • Harvest and crop storage
  • Crop health, rotation, and seasonality
  • Season extension practices
  • Soil health and fertility management
  • Drip and micro-irrigation systems
  • Agricultural site establishment and development
  • Hoop house construction, management, and maintenance
  • Produce marketing
  • Record keeping

 

Produce Distribution Internship:

The Produce Distribution Intern will split their time to assist with farm operations, farmers markets, and other neighborhood distribution efforts. They will work to strengthen the organization’s brand recognition and reputation at market venues across Columbus. The intern will  also assist in communication and deliveries with donations, CSA members, and Mobile Market customers. By the end of the internship, the intern will gain experience with:

  • General fruit and vegetable production practices
  • Harvest and crop storage
  • Agricultural site establishment and development
  • Marketing strategies for local, ecologically responsible produce
  • Promotion of our organization, local distribution efforts, and markets
  • Organization of distribution efforts
  • Customer service with CSA members, Mobile Market customers, and Farmers Market goers
  • Record keeping

 

Independent Projects:

Our internships offer flexibility for independent projects. With highly motivated applicants, we are open to independent projects in the following areas:

  • Community outreach and engagement
  • Educational programming
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Art and beautification
  • Business administration and planning
  • Finances and accounting
  • Design and marketing
  • And more!

 

Any questions about our internship program? Please email info@franklintongardens.org